With more than 100 staff, it becomes one of the country’s larger architecture practices.
Both firms are about the same size. AFL Architects was founded in 1998. It is strong in the sports and leisure sector and has a strong healthcare team. It also works in residential, education and commercial.
S&P was founded in 1991 and is a well-established masterplanning, architecture and interior design. It too is strong in sports and leisure and also works in healthcare, education, residential, retail and commercial.
Between them, AFLS+P has offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Doha. A new office will be opened in Birmingham next month.
Keith Ashton, former director of S&P and now one of the six Principals of AFLS+P, said: “S&P is a well-established, 22-year old business with an extensive track record in sports and leisure. This merger with AFL Architects adds to our skill base and allows us to offer more services to our existing clients internationally. All staff at both practices will remain in their current positions and will have the opportunity to work on new and varied projects.”
John Roberts, of AFL and now a principal of AFLS+P, added: “We have been working collaboratively on projects with S&P for three years. Now, with a highly experienced board, we have become one of the largest architectural practices in our specialist sector, we will embrace new opportunities, seek to drive best practice and innovation in the industry and continue to offer an excellent service to our clients. Our staff too will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects in the UK, and abroad.”
The board of directors of AFLS+P is composed of Keith Ashton and Peter Simpson from S&P, and Martin Morton, Phil Osborne, Garry Rowlands and John Roberts from AFL.